Fact: Children learn best when they are having fun.
Fact: Adding food to hands-on science creates a memorable experience.
Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds is an excellent tool to introduce children to chemistry. Through colorful, information-packed pages and fun (and tasty!) hands-on science experiments this book is delightful to read and fun to use.
What can you learn from Eat Your Science Homework?
Within the pages you’ll find sections like:
- Discovering Delicious: The Scientific Method– a breakdown of the scientific method
- Safety in the Kitchen– general safety tips and how-to’s
- Atomic Popcorn Balls– The Periodic Table of Elements, protons, electrons, neutrons
- Density Dressing and Veggie Sticks– density, immiscible vs. miscible
- Invisible Ink Snack Pockets– oxidation, pH scale, ions, chemical reactions
- Loop, Whorl, and Arch Cookies– forensic science, friction ridge skin, minutiae
- Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna– the three basic categories of rocks (metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary), the Mohs Scale of Hardness
- Black Whole Swallow-Ups– black holes, supernovas, Sir Isaac Newton and the discovery of gravity, mass
- Science Review– an overview of the key points covered in the book
As you can see, a great deal of information is covered in the book. With each new concept comes a yummy recipe to help you and your child see the science in action.
How we used Eat Your Science Homework
I read the entire book before handing it to Julia, my 7th grader, and asking her to read it. Being that the book is about 45 pages long, we both read it in the same day.
Mind you, I don’t recommend just zooming through the book. Take your time! It’s a wonderful resource that can be pulled out when it’s time to add in some fun hands-on science. It can accompany any chemistry curriculum.
Once read, Julia had the responsibility of choosing an experiment for us to do. She chose Atomic Popcorn Balls.
First, she mixed the ingredients.
Then, we combined our popcorn and colored goo, and rolled everything into balls.
Finally, once they were hardened, Julia created some molecule models using the colored popcorn balls.
We had a wonderful time making these together AND learning some science along the way. I highly recommend this book to any family wanting to inject some fun into their normal science routine.
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